After 2 days of rainy, snowy grayness, I thought it was going to rain again today, my last day in Torres del Paine. I was absolutely convinced of it. One of my guides, Filipe, told me that the forecast was not looking good; he’s been here 8 years and knows what he’s talking about. Last [...]
This morning started out a little rough… But it actually ended up being a pretty decent day! We went to the Salto Grande waterfall and were able to see the Cuernos, or “horns,” one of the park’s icons. It’s snowing again, so I’m looking forward to a cozy evening in at the Patagonia Camp! I [...]
Key lessons learned today: 1.) Don’t drink coffee before bed. I did, and the wind kept me up for hours. (When you have a 6:45 am call time, that’s not the best thing that could happen.) 2.) Patagonia is FREAKING COLD! I mean, I knew this, but when you’re actually here it’s pretty intense. Especially [...]
Where in the world are you? I’m sitting in a yurt at the Patagonia Camp in Torres del Paine Chile. I just arrived last night, and it was quite a trip getting here! After 4 flights spanning nearly 24 hours, a night in uber-windy Punta Arenas (the “Southernmost City in the World”) and a 5 [...]
Later this week, I head to Patagonia in South America for 10 days of hiking, filming and adventure! I’ll start in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park for 6 days, then spend an additional 4 days in Ushuaia, Argentina exploring Tierra del Fuego and the Beagle Channel. All the necessary arrangements are complete– airfare, transportation, [...]
The quest to accomplish my top 55 Places begins! At 9:00 am on October 1st, 2009, the phone lines for Phantom Ranch Cabins in the Grand Canyon opened, ready to begin accepting NEXT October’s reservations. I had heard that getting a coveted spot was incredibly competitive and intense, so Mom, Dad and I all diligently [...]
As some of you may have heard, after just coming shy of the China and Scotland trips, I’ve finally been selected to take a trip through one of Travel Channel’s employee competitions! In mid-October, I’ll be heading to Patagonia in Chile and Argentina for a 10-day adventure. Travel Channel will be sponsoring the majority of [...]
As you may have seen from one of my earlier Packed Suitcase blog postings, Travel Channel has a private, internal employee blog where we can post our travel experiences and pictures. There are often contests to help give us the incentive to post, which has lead to a surplus of fun and often compelling stories. [...]
It’s tough having perma-wanderlust. Regardless of whether I’m freshly back from some amazing adventure or completely desperate for anything remotely resembling a three day weekend, I can’t stop looking ahead to where I’m going next. So, with this inherent wanderlust I am constantly saying “oh, I’d love to go there” about places I read about, [...]
Welcome to Packed Suitcase!
Packed Suitcase is a travel blog featuring quick, satisfying trips that can easily be done in a weekend from a mid-Atlantic home base.
All throughout the site, you'll find inspiration, tips, gorgeous photography and itineraries for the best quick-trip destinations, with special emphasis on showing the awesome side of lesser-known places and experiences.
Have weekend travels worthy of the Monday morning water cooler… without having to take a lot of time off of work.
My name is Chris and I'm a National Geographic Channel producer by day and a freelance travel blogger and photographer by night.
I’m passionate about empowering and enabling readers to find accessible ways to travel within their time-off constraints to become weekend warriors.
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The Day I Drank 282 Year-Old Rum
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On a recent trip to Southern Delaware, I was given a shot of rum from a 282 year-old bottle recovered from a 1733 Spanish shipwreck. Whoa...